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“ L e t   The    l o v e   o f   l e a r n i n g   r u l e   h u m a n i t y ”
- Motto of Phi Kappa Phi
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Founded in 1897, the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi mission is

"To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others."

Phi Kappa Phi is the nation's oldest, largest, and most selective honor society for all academic disciplines. Its chapters are on more than 300 campuses in the United States, Puerto Rico, and the Philippines.

Each year, approximately 30,000 new members are initiated. Since its founding, Phi Kappa Phi has initiated more than one million members into its ranks. All members receive emblems and certificates of membership, however, Phi Kappa Phi is much more than an emblem and a line on a résumé. It is a global network comprised of the best and brightest from all academic disciplines - a community of scholars and professionals building an enduring legacy for future generations.

Nationally, a twelve-person Board of Directors oversees the business of the Society. The daily operations of the Society are managed by members of the national headquarters staff.

Local chapters are run solely by dedicated faculty and staff volunteers who work with the National Headquarters and the Board of Directors to offer a variety of programs to the membership.

Election for Phi Kappa Phi membership

Election to membership is by invitation only. Each chapter screens juniors, seniors, and graduate students for membership based upon their grade point averages and good character. Those who meet the national requirements are issued an invitation. More information is available in the  Membership  section of this website.

Programs offered by Phi Kappa Phi

Annually, Phi Kappa Phi awards more than $500,000 in awards and scholarships to its members. National Phi Kappa Phi award and scholarship programs include the Graduate Fellowship and Award of Excellence competition, Promotion of Excellence grants, Scholar and Artist awards, and Internship and Study Abroad grants. Lectureships, symposiums, and local awards and scholarships exist at the regional and chapter levels.

How can I apply for Phi Kappa Phi scholarships and awards?

Application information is avaibale at the Scholarships and Awards section of the Phi Kappa Phi National Organization Web site.

A few famous Phi Kappa Phi members

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi counts among its ranks many outstanding men and women from across the disciplines. The Society's more than 100,000 active members include great minds in science and medicine, government and law and the military, education and business, along with sports, literature and the arts and just about every other field imaginable.

  • Jimmy Carter, 39th US President, Nobel Prize winner
  • James Barksdale, founder of Netscape
  • Hillary Rodham Clinton, US Senator, US Secretary of State
  • Stephen Ambrose, historian and founder of the D-Day Museum
  • George Olah, Nobel Prize Winner in Chemistry
  • Ellis Marsalis, acclaimed jazz musician
  • Glenna Goodacre, sculptor
  • Albert Gore, US Vice President, Nobel Prize winner
  • Authors John Grisham, Ernest Gaines, Stephen Ambrose, James Lee Burke, and David Baldacci
  • See more famous members at Great Minds Think Alike


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